From Publishers Weekly
In her impressive true-crime story, Weyermann, a former reporter for the Arizona Daily Star , writes less about crime than about people. Focusing on David Grandstaff, she leaves little doubt that he was the mastermind among the three men who robbed the Valley National Bank depository in Tucson in 1981, hauling away more than $3 million. Grandstaff, whom she interviewed, emerges as an exceptionally intelligent man from an impoverished Des Moines, Iowa, background, who--like his fellow gang members, called "The Boys"--never had the opportunity to develop his abilities. Arrested for the first time when he was 12, Grandstaff became a career criminal. He, his friends and his lawyers are interesting players in this absorbing drama that culminates with a jury that would not convict The Boys for the Valley National Bank heist on the basis of dubious evidence. Grandstaff now works as a painting contractor in Des Moines. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Weyermann interviewed over 100 people to produce this account of the theft of $3 million from the Valley National Bank depository in Tucson in 1981. One of those she interviewed was David Grandstaff, who, with two accomplices, was accused but never convicted of the crime. Known as "the Boys," Grandstaff and his gang have walked away with more than $30 million over the course of their careers. After describing the Tucson heist, Weyermann details how Grandstaff and his friends met in an Iowa schoolyard and began their lives of crime by robbing vending machines. Eventually, they worked their way up to banks, spending some time in prison, including the notorious Leavenworth, but also trying to build ordinary lives as family men who just happened to steal for a living. They were already well known to authorities by the time they were arrested for what the FBI calls TUCROB. Weyermann's use of multiple perspectives--criminals, wives, girlfriends, lawyers, FBI agents, and the hapless janitor at the depository, among others--lends depth to her account. This well-written and absorbing book should appeal to lovers of true crime. Mary Ellen Quinn